Newcastle are into the top half, and they have Andy Carroll to thank.

After starting on Thursday night against Sheffield United, the big man dropped back to the bench when Southampton came to town. However, Joelinton once again struggled, forcing Steve Bruce to turn to Carroll.

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And the 30-year-old made a huge difference, once again giving both his teammates and the fans a massive lift. He came on with just over 30 minutes to go, and it didn’t take him long to change the game.

A free-kick sent the summer signing towards the corner flag, who dug out a fantastic cross back into the area. Jonjo Shelvey was there to find the net, combing once again with Carroll to score his fifth of the season and third in three games. It was a wicked delivery from the striker, putting it exactly where he’d want it himself.

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Newcastle were struggling to pick up second balls and impose themselves with Joelinton up top, but Carroll ensured we had a focal point. Carroll’s arrival, combined with Allan Saint-Maximin playing through the middle, provided the platform for another Newcastle win.

The Magpies have had a brilliant week, and Carroll has played a massive part in that.

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Game changing performance from Carroll praised by Newcastle fans

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